IDC Research Types
Provides complete background information on an IDC analyst. Each profile provides a biography, a notable quotation, a frequently asked question relevant to the particular analyst's focus, and a list of research authored by that analyst.
Lists the analyst members of a topical team. Outlines general areas of coverage and any specialties.
Provides rapid IDC insight and analysis about a significant industry event or conference, merger or acquisition, product announcement, or other fast-breaking news affecting the IT market.
Provides a short, quick look at an updated forecast and the changed assumptions behind the update. It updates a market forecast published in the same calendar year, identifies changed and key forecast assumptions, and highlights actions for participants to consider in light of the changes.
Provides coverage and analysis of an industry event, new product or service, or a company announcement or development.
Provides brief overview coverage of what is happening in a market.
Provides a concise, hard-hitting profile of an emerging vendor. A profile will highlight new players and technologies and the potential paradigm shifts or disruptions a vendor represents.
Illustrates IDC's keen analysis of major market trends in downloadable PowerPoints. Available as a free download the day it appears, an IDC Daily Graphic provides valuable material for speeches and strategic planning.
Provides published slides, audio, and other materials from IDC and Insights Web conferences, briefings, forums, or other events.
Delivers dependable, relevant, and high-impact data and insight to help organizations make sound business and technology decisions. eBusiness executives, IT professionals, IT suppliers, and services suppliers benefit from the strategic insight and networking opportunities IDC conferences offer. Generally, all presentation slides are available online, and for most conferences, streaming audio of key discussions is available as well.
Focuses on significant trends and paradigm shifts. Each Web conference will provide attendees with leading-edge market information that will enable them to make smart business decisions. For those unable to attend in person or those wishing to review the content presented, these synchronized multimedia presentations are available online.
Serves as a framework for IT/tech professionals' IT strategy and planning for the next one to three years. It lists IDC's top 10 worldwide technology trends for the coming one to three years in a given research area and includes related drivers, projected IT/business strategy impact, and guidance.
Helps IT/tech professionals develop a short list of suitable suppliers when selecting a vendor. Provides an unbiased assessment of tech suppliers in terms of offerings, strategy, capabilities, and other important factors in a given technology area.
Describes five stages of "maturity" or capability for a particular technology area, helps IT/tech professionals understand where their organizations fit within those stages, and provides guidance on key components for planning successful improvements to a tech initiative.
IDC MaturityScape Benchmark
Helps IT/tech professionals to benchmark their maturity against peers, develop a business case for a tech initiative, and build consensus about where critical IT investments should be made. Presents quantitative research results that show the market distribution for a given tech initiative across the five stages of maturity presented in the related IDC MaturityScape. Shows the results and components of particularly successful initiatives.
Gives IT/tech professionals insight into best practices (and practices to avoid) by providing specific use case examples implemented by peers. Identifies practices that have the most impact on the success of a tech or business initiative, and provides actionable guidance for each practice.
Helps IT/tech professionals to justify and plan a business and/or technology investment or opportunity by exploring why, what, who, and how (these are also the main section headings). Presents key players, critical success factors, risks, and actions to consider for a designated technology and/or business management area.
Helps IT/tech professionals with developing IT strategic plans and evaluating emerging technologies in terms of their risk to the business. Shows the adoption curve and risk levels over time for a specific emerging technology. Sorts technologies into three "adoption model" categories (transformational, incremental, opportunistic) to help tech leaders determine the potential impact for their organization.
Provides timely context and insight around important market trends and events in a short opinion piece. IDC Links provide IDC's point of view on:
- Financial announcements
- Product announcements
- Mergers and acquisitions or divestitures
- Response to news
Correlates the use of specific practices and superior performance as indicated by an analysis of the benchmarking database. Highlights any significant differences between industries. Conclusions provide a set of process priorities for improving a business case and advice on how to overcome change management issues.
Helps buyers to assess their business strategies and/or associated business processes, especially as they relate to the use of technology.
Methods and Practices
Provides a step-by-step description of a method or methods that can be applied. As appropriate, the report may compare the benefits and drawbacks of several methods.
Presents an article written by an Insights analyst on a topic of special interest to a target audience. This information has generally already appeared in an industry publication and is repackaged for display on the Insights Web site.
Helps buyers select the right IT supplier. The report helps buyers understand the various providers of a technology by providing analysis on market landscape, vendor profiles, vendor market share, and vendor assessments.
Presents an interactive spreadsheet tool for analyzing trends and activities in a specific market segment. These tables are available only through an annual subscription service.
Top 10 Predictions
Provides bold, well-conceived market predictions grounded in solid methodologies, primary research, and analyst experience. Lays out a clear road map to understanding major market opportunities and trends.
Provides the latest, select CIS forecast data, primary research survey findings, and critical IDC analyst opinion in a succinct, easy-to-digest PowerPoint format.
Presents a hypothesis about what is happening in the market backed by the results of a demand-side or supply-side survey. The focus is on interpreting and analyzing the survey results and providing a strong point of view along with actionable advice.
IDC Survey Spotlight
Answers a timely question and provides a strong opinion backed by IDC survey data. This is a quick nugget of information that is presented in two concise PowerPoint slides.
Provides an easy-to-use format to post on the Web presentations that were previously delivered at public forums (such as conferences and events) or for internal client meetings and client presentations. It may not come as part of a consulting/custom engagement.
Market Analysis Perspective
Delivers a concise current state view of a market and insight into the impact of future trends. Business executives, product managers, and MI/AR professionals can use this information when looking to understand buyers' perspectives and market impacts.
Announces significant corporate news, such as key hirings or promotions, performance milestones, event highlights, or speaking engagements.
Describes a research product. Usually details the major areas of coverage and deliverables, and outlines key questions and competitive market conditions that the research will address. Includes links to all published research for a research product.
Provides a detailed accounting and review of a vendor's programs, processes, products, service, satisfaction, and/or strategy in a target market. This knowledge helps clients reduce their risk of losing market share or enhance their position over the competition.
Customer Needs and Strategies
Focuses on the important decisions that business and IT professionals make every day.
Industry Developments and Models
Provides a detailed assessment of a specific target market's expansion pattern. This analysis helps clients develop and deploy the right mix of value-add products, programs, or services to support their sales and/or partnering efforts.
Provides an in-depth examination of the dynamics and future of a single market or a group of related markets. The Market Analysis is where we will typically present our forecasts and assumptions, using a key forecast assumptions table.
Provides the future of a single market or a group of related markets. It presents a new or updated market forecast, including key drivers and assumptions used in the forecast.
Provides data on market size, regional allocations, and platform splits as well as a summary of vendor shares for the most recently completed period (year, quarter).
Provides a onetime study produced by a research group that is not published as a deliverable under a subscription service.
Provides a study and interpretation of the results of a demand- or supply-side survey.
Highlights and emphasizes how IDC tracks the market while also making it easier for customers to find and identify IDC Taxonomy documents.
Provides an analysis of the intricacies of an emerging or established technology or the technologies contained within a specific product.
Vendor Needs and Strategies
Provides an in-depth analysis of a company, a small group of companies, a division of a company focused on a particular market, or a best practice that the company exemplifies.
This IDC Market Perspective provides a broad review and analysis of the announcements and messages at Next '019 that we believe will most significantly impact Google Cloud's efforts to increase growth and market share.
"At Next '19, ...
This IDC Market Perspective discusses the recent half-day analyst meeting that consisted of a review of its FY18 financials as well as its B2B marketing programs and product portfolio. Using an atmosphere reminiscent of last year's "fireside ...
This IDC Market Perspective discusses the launch of Kofax's ControlSuite platform. On April 16, Kofax introduced its ControlSuite platform, an integrated solutions ecosystem for MFPs designed to provide businesses with a single platform ...
This IDC Market Perspective provides a preliminary unit shipment range for worldwide hard disk drive (HDD) units by HDD drive class and estimated supplier market share for 1Q19.
"HDD demand from cloud service providers improved somewhat ...
This IDC Market Note discusses Pure Storage's April 2, 2019, announcement of the company's acquisition of Swedish software supplier Compuverde, a vendor of general-purpose file sharing software. This announcement is significant as it foreshadows ...
This IDC Market Note provides commentary and insight on the expansion of the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) to support connections between all 37 ECX Fabric markets across five continents.
This IDC Market Perspective provides a description of the market definitions and assessment criteria for IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Security Solutions and Services Hardcopy 2019 Vendor Assessment (forthcoming).
This Market Note looks at the introduction of Canon's new imagePRESS C910 series of color laser light production presses.
This IDC Market Perspective updates IDC Canada's previous analysis of Canadian telecommunications service providers' 2018 capital expenditure forecasts. Communications providers are facing a transition to become service providers of the ...
"The impact of the implementation of digital transformation strategies on the industry is enormous, for example, it is estimated that the potential global impact of implementing a remote operations center is US$77 billion dollars between ...
This IDC Market Note discusses news in March 2019 related to the production and industrial printer market, as well as IDC's view of these updates.
With the impending launch of 5G mobile and fixed access services in the 2019–2021 time frame, the strategic role of edge computing will expand to industrial internet of things (IoT) and consumer IoT. The IT industry has developed tools to ...
This IDC Market Note describes recent developments in gaming PC industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, and presents IDC's analysis of those developments.
"Demand for gaming PCs will continue ...
This IDC Market Note presents IDC analysis of F5's prospects in EMEA based on key messages shared at F5's London Summit on March 7 and the announcement on March 11, 2019, that F5 will acquire NGINX, an open source application delivery platform ...
This IDC Market Note provides a snapshot of key announcements made by vendors at the 2019 Open Compute Global Summit.
"IDC intends to keep a close watch on the Open Compute Project to keep up with the latest technology innovations ...
This IDC Market Perspective includes current fair market value, residual value, and specification charts for HPE's enterprise and midrange disk storage systems. It offers primary and secondary market analysis for the vendor and its products.
This IDC Market Note includes news about imaging, printing, and document solutions vendors that occurred in March 2019.
This IDC Perspective analyzes recent announcements regarding Xerox's three-year strategy, what it means for shareholders, how it intends to achieve this, and the development of new revenue streams with attention to print but less dependency ...
This IDC Market Perspective reviews how European network life-cycle services providers are responding to changing market demands.
"Digital transformation requires flexibility that legacy, hardware-centric networks were never built ...
This IDC Vendor Profile examines Violin Systems, a vendor of extreme performance enterprise storage solutions that drive very low storage latencies and differentiating IT infrastructure efficiencies. One of the early pioneers of the use ...
This IDC Vendor Profile assesses HCL Technologies' Mechatronic Systems Center of Excellence (COE), a key technological partner to a wide range of HCL clients across vertical markets, including hardcopy device OEMs, in the development of ...
This IDC Market Note reviews HP Inc's PrintOS Marketplace and explores how this evolving platform and ecosystem of tools, apps, ideas, and forums is attracting an increasing number of PSPs and users with the promise of new business generation ...